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Jun 22, 2019
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Ice Houses are shown in the background of this circa 1900 photograph of Jamaica Pond. Recreational boats can be seen in the foreground.
Topics: jamaica pond, ice harvest, ice house, jamaica plain
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Jun 22, 2019
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A view of Hyde Square in the 1970s showing Centre Street looking towards Blessed Sacrament Church. On the right in the background is Sheridan Street. On the left is Bottled Liquors. 
Topics: hyde square, jamaica plain, centre st., blessed sacrament church, sheridan st., jamaica plain
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Jun 22, 2019
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 A view of Parkview Road, later renamed to Parkton Road. Circa 1913. Jamaica Plain Historical Society archives. 
Topics: jamaica plain, historical, park, view, parkton
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Jun 22, 2019
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Photographic postcard. Possibly the John R. Alley house that stood at 3 Revere Street on the corner of Elm Street in Jamaica Plain. 
Topics: Elm St, Jamaica plain, historical society
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Jun 22, 2019
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In 1914, four apartment buildings covered with light stucco were erected on Hyde Park Ave far South of the train station. The complex was called "White City" in emulation of the World's Columbian Exposition a decade earlier. The name was later borrowed by the White City Food Store and the White City Cleansers (sic) on the corner of Hyde Park Ave and Eldridge Road, thus putting the "White City" name on two large signs visible even to those whizzing by on Hyde Park Ave. White...
Topics: history, historical society, forest hills, jamaica plain
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Jun 8, 2019
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White City From Wikipedia: In 1914, four apartment buildings covered with light stucco were erected on Hyde Park Ave far South of the train station. The complex was called "White City" in emulation of the World's Columbian Exposition a decade earlier. The name was later borrowed by the White City Food Store and the White City Cleansers (sic) on the corner of Hyde Park Ave and Eldridge Road, thus putting the "White City" name on two large signs visible even to those whizzing...
Topics: jamaica plain, forest hills, white city
Folkscanomy: Fringe and Off-Center
Jun 2, 2019
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1925 Jamaica Plain High School Track Team Top row (left to right): Duffy - Coach, O'Brien - 50 yards, Thain - 50 yards, Garrity - 1000 yards, Dunkle - 300 yards, Ladeau - High Jump, Ziegerball -Manager. Middle row (left to right): Robinson - 350 yards, Shay - 1000 yards, Keenan - 600 yards, Costello - Captain/Hurdles, Regan - 50 yards, Simpson -220 yards, Galla- 220 yards. Bottom row (left to right): Blum - Broad Jump, Carmaeckle - 50 yards. Picture by Christiansen Photo. Image provided by Bob...
Topics: jamaica plain high school, track, 1925
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May 18, 2019
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A view of Parkview Road, later renamed to Parkton Road. Circa 1913. Jamaica Plain Historical Society archives.
Topics: Parkton, Park view, Parkview, jamaica plain
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Apr 2, 2019
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Photographic postcard. Possibly the John R. Alley house that stood at 3 Revere Street on the corner of Elm Street. 
Topics: jamaica plain, 3 Revere Street
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Mar 21, 2019
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A view of Jamaica Pond in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston circa 1900 showing ice storage buildings in the background and recreational boats in the foreground. 
Topics: jamaica plain, jamaica pond, ice harvest
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Mar 21, 2019
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A view of Hyde Square in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston in the 1970s. This is a view of Centre Street looking towards the Blessed Sacrament Church. On the right in the background is Sheridan Street. On the left is Bottled Liquors
Topics: boston, hyde square, jamaica plain, centre street, sheridan street
The original wooden building of Blessed Sacrament parish on a postcard dated 1912. Image courtesy of the Archives of the Archdiocese of Boston. Jamaica Plain. 
Topics: church, jamaica plain, blessed sacrament, original, wood
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Jan 17, 2019
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Boat landing at Jamaica Pond. Taken from postcard in the archive of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, Jamaica Plain, MA
Topics: jamaica pond, jamaica plain, boathouse
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Nov 24, 2018 Unknown
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Agassiz School in Jamaica Plain. Grade 4, circa 1915.
Topics: jamaica plain, agassiz, grade school
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Sep 8, 2018
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Veterans of the Civil War in their Grand Army of the Republic uniforms at the train station in Jamaica Plain, MA   Circa 1880-1890.
Topics: gar, grand army of the republic, jamaica plain, civil war
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Nov 23, 2017
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Bob's Spa, South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
Topics: grocery, jamaica plain, historic
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Nov 23, 2017
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Centre and Boylston Street in Jamaia Plain, MA
Topics: historic, photo, jamaica plain, massachusetts
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Nov 22, 2017
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High resolution images of files related to Seytor Store.
Topics: seytor store, jamaica plain
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Nov 22, 2017
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Location of the Curtis House
Topics: curtis house, jamaica plain
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Nov 22, 2017 Janet McIver
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The 20 photographs in this set are drawn from the “Bessie H. Simpson Collection” and are provided courtesy of Janet McIver, 2557 Evergreen Drive, Penticton BC V2A 7Y2, Canada  
Topics: women, hospital
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May 7, 2017 Jamaica Plain Historical Society
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Scanned high-resolution images of Jamaica Plain
Topics: jamaica plain, houses, class photos, train disaster
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Apr 12, 2016 Charlie Rosenberg
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The Jamaica Plain Historical Society is pleased to sponsor this program at the Connolly Branch - Boston Public Library highlighting the Boston neighborhood maps of Ed McCarthy. Ed McCarthy is an amateur Boston historian, who is also an EMT working at Boston EMS for 24 years. Ed gathers historical information and crafts it into comprehensive detailed maps that tell the history of Boston's neighborhoods in different time periods. As he works his way through Boston's communities, he has come...
Topics: boston, history, maps, history, maps
Feb 6, 2015
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May 28, 2014 Samuel Minot
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Original footage photographed by Samuel Minot on a 16mm home movie camera between 1939 and 1963 in Jamaica Plain, MA and other parts of Boston. It includes images of Centre Street, horses galloping down the Jamaicaway, Jamaica Pond, a Mutascio Family wedding, the Franklin Park Zoo and the dedication of Peter Mutascio Square at Chestnut and Centre Streets.  Courtesy of Rick Minot. 
Topics: Samuel Minot, 16mm, 1939, 1963, Jamaicaway, Jamaica Pond, Mutascio, Franklin Park Zoo, Peter...
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Mar 29, 2013
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Based on a panel presentation held Tuesday, March 26, at the Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain. We are all very excited to be here tonight to tell you about three special Jamaica Plain women. I would like to thank the Tuesday Club and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society for hosting this event. My name is Mary Smoyer. Before the panel gets started Iâd like to give you a bit of background. In 1989 a group of women gathered to found the Boston Womenâs Heritage Trail. We still work...
Topics: linda stern, marie turley, sandee storey, jamaica plain, history, Emily Greene Balch, Mother Mary...
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This presentation by Richard Vacca, author of The Boston Jazz Chronicles, looks at the career of songwriter Jimmy McHugh, who was born in Jamaica Plain in 1894 and grew up there. Vacca describes the McHugh family and his boyhood, his job as an office boy and then publicist at the Boston Opera House, working as a piano man on Revere Beach, and his days as a "song plugger" for the Boston office of songwriter Irving Berlin. The the narrative continues in New York City, where McHugh moved...
Topics: Jimmy McHugh, songwriters, Great American Songbook, Boston, Jamaica Plain, Boston Opera House,...
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See what is left of the all-but-disappeared Silver Lake, then continue on to learn about the businesses and immigrant groups that made up Newton's most diverse community in the early 20th century. The video concludes with a tour of the Adams Street Synagogue and its history, as the synagogue celebrates its one hundredth year in the community. Presentation by Lucy Caldwell Stair.
Topics: Newton history, synagogue, silver lake, nonantum
Ourmedia
Jun 2, 2012
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Group photographs of the Jamaica Plain High School Class of 1929.
Topics: jamaica plain, high school, 1929, photograph
Community Audio
Oct 14, 2011
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This is a lecture on the history of The Boston Public Library given by Catherine J. Willis on October 13, 2011 at the Boston Public Library branch in Jamaica Plain, MA. The Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large municipally funded public library in the United States. Although the library was founded in 1848, the original idea was first proposed by French ventriloquist Alexandre Vattemare in 1841. In 1854, the library opened to the public in two rooms in a schoolhouse on Mason Street....
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In 1773, brothers David and John Greenough found themselves embroiled in a bitter controversy, the boycott of tea imported by the East India Company that led to the Boston Tea Party. In December 1773, John Greenough, then a merchant, bought tea salvaged from the William, a ship that went ashore on Cape Cod. This placed him in direct conflict with his neighbors, his town, and his family in Boston where his father and brother were active in the movement to resist Royal authority. Learn more about...
Topics: boston tea party, greenough, american revolution
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Jan 21, 2011 Will and Charlene Cochrane
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1980s Photographs by Will and Charlene Cochrane of the Green St., Amory St., Everett St, and Bishop St. area of Jamaica Plain. Includes many photographs of the construction of the MBTA Orange line and associated rail lines in Jamaica Plain.
Topics: Jamaica Plain, Orange Line, Green St., Amory St., Bishop St., Construction
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Jan 10, 2011
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The Eliot school was founded in Jamaica Plain in 1676 as a grammar school for Africans, Native Americans and colonial children. That the school accepted both African and Indian children without prejudice was a great exception for the time. The school survives near its original location to this day as The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts offering classes and workshops in woodworking, sewing, painting, drawing, photography, and other crafts to both children and adults. Learn more about the...
Topics: Jamaica Plain, Eliot School, Boston
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Kristen E. Gwinn speaks about the life of Jamaica Plain's Emily Greene Balch who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her visionary work with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Balch was a renowned writer, social reformer, economist, and academic who was a Jamaica Plain native and member of First Church Unitarian Universalist in Jamaica Plain. A professor of economics and sociology at Wellesley College, Balch's academic career abruptly ended when Wellesley refused to renew her...
Topics: Kristen E. Gwinn, Kristen Gwinn, Emily Greene Balch, Jamaica Plain
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Nov 8, 2010 Jamaica Plain Historical Society
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Lecture by Anthony Sammarco on Forest Hills Cemetery presented at a meeting of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society on November 7, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, 633 Centre St.
Topics: forest hills cemetery, garden cemetery, mt audurn cemetery, jamaica plain
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Oct 15, 2010
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In a new book by Arcadia Publishing, Faulkner Hospital's director of library services, Cara Marcus, has compiled a pictorial history of one of Jamaica Plain's important landmarks. Built on the grounds of the original Peacock Tavern - an inn owned by Samuel Adams - Faulkner Hospital began with 26 beds, 6 of which were free. Dr. George Faulkner opened the facility in 1903 in honor of his daughter, Mary. Journey through the growth of an extraordinary hospital and the tremendous changes in medical...
Topic: faulkner hospital jamaica plain boston massachusetts
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Oct 2, 2010
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The Boston Globe describes Anthony Sammarco as “a big guy with a soft voice and a vast knowledge of Boston neighborhoods.” He is the author of more than 50 books on local history and he unveils his latest title for Images of America: an illustrated account of Forest Hills. Crammed with historic photographs, this “Who’s Who” of Victorian Boston introduces you to the financiers, industrialists, artists, radicals and revolutionaries buried in Boston’s premier cemetery. Find out...
Topic: jamaica plain, sammrco, forest hills cemetery
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The Boston Globe describes Anthony Sammarco as “a big guy with a soft voice and a vast knowledge of Boston neighborhoods.” He is the author of more than 50 books on local history and he unveils his latest title for Images of America: an illustrated account of Forest Hills. Crammed with historic photographs, this “Who’s Who” of Victorian Boston introduces you to the financiers, industrialists, artists, radicals and revolutionaries buried in Boston’s premier cemetery. Find out...
Topics: jamaica plain, forest hills cemetery, sammarco
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Ellen Swallow Richards was the first woman to graduate from MIT. Richards was also a renowned environmental chemist and the founder of the field of Home Economics. This 25 minute video features Joyce Miles (35 year member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences - which Richards helped found) in a one woman show that explores the legacy of this fascinating woman.
Topics: home economics, ecology, public health, consumer science, environmental chemistry
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Apr 6, 2008
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Mar 22, 2008
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Talk given by Michael Reiskind and others at 3/15/2008 event.
Topics: jamacia plain, brewery
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Feb 17, 2008
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Topic: WWII, army airforce, memoir
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Feb 10, 2008
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Jamaica Plain High School Yearbook 1947
Topics: jamaica plain, high school, yearbook, history
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Feb 3, 2007
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Jamaica Plain High School Year Book 1981
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Dec 25, 2006
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Dec 25, 2006
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Dec 25, 2006
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Dec 25, 2006
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Dec 25, 2006
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Dec 25, 2006
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May 31, 2006 Jamaica Plain Historical Society
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Nomination form to place the cemetery on the National Register of Historic places.
Topic: jamaica plain, cemetery
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May 19, 2006 Jamaica Plain High School
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Topic: jamaica plain high school yearbook